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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Canadian Honeymoon: Romance on the Rails

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox & VIA Rail
Photos courtesy of VIA Rail

An ideal honeymoon is different for every couple, for some it’s a week on an isolated beach and for others it’s a whirlwind trip through Europe. For those looking to keep their feet on the ground while covering great distances, Canada’s VIA Rail might just be the perfect option. Their “Romance by Rail” packages offer couples a unique romantic getaway in multiple cities without having to hope on multiple flights.

Enjoy a private cabin while taking in Canada’s landscape free of weather delays and flight cancellations. Their signature “Canadian” train allows you to enjoy 360-degree views of the passing landscape from the safety of VIA’s panoramic dome car. Enjoy the sight of the snow-filled Canadian Rockies while sipping on hot chocolate.


I would compare the experience to a land-cruise. Travel in comfort while stopping off in multiple cities to experience the culture and accommodations of the area. Stops include Toronto, Jasper, Vancouver, Quebec and Montréal. The best part is you can fully customize your trip, choose what cities to visit and the length of your journey. The options for “Romance by Rail” are below.

Suite Romance by Rail, Toronto-Jasper-Vancouver

This nine-day, eight-night tour offered now through April departing every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday brings out the best of the Romance by Rail service. Travel in style and luxury from Toronto to Vancouver on VIA Rail with a stopover in Jasper. Discover the elegant Fairmont Hotel’s “Fairmont Gold” Service in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York and Vancouver at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Take in all of the beauty of the lake, forest, and mountains at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge from the comfort of a lakeside suite. To book this wonderful package contact Cartan Tours at (800)-422-7826 or visit cartantours.com. Starting rate for this package is approximately USD $5,799 based on double occupancy.


Suite Romance by Rail, Toronto-Vancouver

This six-day seven-night tour offers a glimpse into the lively cities of Toronto and Vancouver. Fairmont Gold services in both cities indulge guests with a luxurious accommodation as well as a cozy journey from east to west on VIA Rail’s Romance by Rail service. Starting rate for this package is USD $5,519 based on double occupancy. To book this package and view other choices, visit VIA’s train package website at trainpackages.ca.

Quebec-Valentine’s-Fairmont

This short two-night stay gives passengers the opportunity to continue their romance-themed trip in the charming city of Quebec. Your package includes a 2-night stay at the Fairmont hotel, a bottle of Codorniu sparkling wine and 10 chocolate strawberries. Starting rate for this package is USD $435 from Toronto based on double occupancy. To book this package, visit VIA’s train package website.


Montréal-Valentine’s-Fairmont

VIA Rail offers another Fairmont package with an option of seeing the sights in the romantic city of Montreal. This package includes a 2-night stay at Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth hotel, a city tour of Montreal, a half-bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne and 12 strawberries. Let the romance carry over from the intimate setting of Romance by Rail and book this package on VIA’s website. Starting rate for this package is USD $416 from Toronto based on double occupancy.

For more information on VIA Rail or to look into booking your romantic honeymoon through the Canadian wilderness, please visit ViaRail.ca or call 1-800-422-7826. Happy honeymoon and bon voyage!

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